Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Pierce Butler, 11 October 1803

From Pierce Butler

Philada. October 11. 1803—

Dear Sir

The inclosed letter was put into my hand to deliver in person, which I intended doing; but learning that an application wou’d be made to You by a second person for the same post; sooner than I may reach the Federal City, I have preferd sending by Post—

I have been so unsuccessful in two or three recommendations I offerd to Yourself and the Secretay of State, that I shall limit myself on the present occasion, to observing, that if the place was such as to require the approbation of Senate, Mr. McClennigan woud have my Vote. I have cause to believe he wou’d have the Votes of the two Senators from Pennsylvania

I have the honor to be with great consideration Yr Most Obedient

P. Butler

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 13 Oct. and “Mc.lanahan Blair to be Commr. bkrptcy” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Blair McClenachan to TJ, 10 Oct.

deliver in person: the South Carolina legislature appointed Butler to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Ewing Colhoun. Butler produced his credentials and was sworn in on 18 Oct. (JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820-21, 5 vols. description ends , 3:299). Butler’s recent recommendations included support for John M. Pintard and Thomas Fitzpatrick (Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser., 4:176; Vol. 39:438n; Vol. 40:250)

two senators from pennsylvania: George Logan and Samuel Maclay (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ).

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